Time Out wants you to make the most of living in Dubai, so here we bring you a Dubai life coach advice on New Year's Resolutions
Raise your hands if you’re with us on this: 2016 has been a peculiar year. Not just with what’s been happening around the world (Brexit, Donald Trump), but for life in general. Whether you’ve experienced personal battles or professional disagreements, this year has taken a toll on everyone in some way or another. And while we can’t wait for these last few weeks of the year to end and for a new chapter to begin in 2017, we first need to think about making resolutions.
Agreed these tend to get a bad rep. They become a list of things we failed to do the year before and confirmation of our own shortcomings. But Maja Ask Filén, founder and life coach at Ask For Life, has advice on how to see them through.
“It’s great to set up goals, but including realistic milestones on the way is the key to success. On a piece of paper, write Business, Family, Private. Underneath each subject, write down what you’d like to achieve. Then ask yourself, “What do I need to do to achieve these things?” Maja explains. If you set too big a goal for yourself, the chances are, you’re going to become lackadaisical towards it after a few months and not follow it through.
“It’s great to have big goals, but also set smaller milestones to accomplish throughout the rest of the year so you stay motivated, happy and also actually reach your goal,” she says.
So when setting your resolutions in a few weeks, Maja says: “Set goals that will make you happy, that include helping someone else and finally that are long-lasting and will help you for the rest of your life, not just for a while.”
And if you feel a little bit like a goldfish while following them through (suffering from short-term memory loss at why you set yourself the target of running a half-marathon), don’t be too hard on yourself. Maja recommends accepting it, letting go of it and just changing your mindset towards it.